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  • crude oil
  • What's been difficult from the human health point of view is that it's been difficult to characterize the different constituents in the crude oil," said NIEHS Worker Education Training Program director Chip Hughes during a May 25th Partnerships for Environmental Public Health update on the Gulf oil spill response. (scienceblogs.com)
  • Dermal exposures are a crude oil and petroleum product health hazard. (scienceblogs.com)
  • There are also questions about health effects of combined exposure to the chemicals that make up crude oil and the strong UV light of the Gulf. (wordpress.com)
  • Harvey
  • Roger A. Maduro Vast areas of the Caribbean and the United States are still reeling from the impact of two major hurricanes, Harvey and Irma. (openhealth.news)
  • Harvey and Irma are disasters of a magnitude greater than any other disaster that the US has faced in recent times and pose multi-dimensional threats to the health and well being of the immediate victims of the hurricanes and the nation as a whole. (openhealth.news)
  • The Health Network, a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) is located in one of the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Harvey and currently recovering. (openhealth.news)
  • Since Harvey SFA and OpenEMR developers have been working really hard to add capabilities in response to the medical needs of the victims of the hurricane (such as intake questions regarding exposure to floodwaters which can have far-reaching health implications). (openhealth.news)
  • Hurricane Harvey caused industrial facilities in Texas to release an extra 5.98 million pounds of pollution into the air, according to the most recent analysis by the Environmental Defense Fund: the pollutants benzene and toluene, both carcinogens, as well as a brew of other chemicals that can irritate eyes and exacerbate respiratory problems. (apr.org)
  • One of the many preparations for Hurricane Harvey included EPA, TCEQ, and other monitoring entities temporarily removing approximately 75 percent of the stationary air monitoring equipment from the greater Houston, Corpus Christi, and Beaumont areas. (apr.org)
  • Hurricane Harvey recently left a destructive path of damage, flooding, and vast loss in its wake. (starr.org)
  • And lastly, for health and mental health professionals interested in volunteering to help survivors impacted by Hurricane Harvey, The American Red Cross has set up this page . (starr.org)
  • disasters
  • These findings highlight the importance of not only providing mental health services for first responders but also having adequate plans in place before natural or technological disasters strike. (cambridge.org)
  • Health IT and emergency response applications and actions that have succeeded in the current crisis are the very same type of applications and approach that has succeeded in dozens and dozens of major disasters that have taken over the past twenty years: open source apps, collaboration, community, local response backed by national and international aid. (openhealth.news)
  • The mission of NIOSH EPRO is to protect the health and safety of emergency response providers and recovery workers, through the advancement of research and collaborations, to prevent diseases, injuries, and fatalities in anticipation of, and during responses to natural and man-made disasters and novel emergent events. (cdc.gov)
  • improve prevention and mitigation strategies for future disasters and emergencies by gaining information for response preparation. (cste.org)
  • toxic
  • HHS s Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry has developed a survey instrument that state and local entities can adopt to register responders and other individuals exposed to a disaster. (gao.gov)
  • As the unprecedented offshore oil drilling disaster in the Gulf of Mexico unfolds and extraordinary measures are being taken to protect vulnerable coastal and marine environments from the toxic fuel, the question arises: Is the health and safety of responders being protected as well? (wordpress.com)
  • His observation was confirmed by Mount Sinai School of Medicine researchers, who found that first responders who were exposed to caustic dust and toxic pollutants following the 2001 WTC terrorist attacks suffer from asthma at more than twice the rate of the general U.S. population. (grantome.com)
  • establish
  • The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) received some of this funding to establish health screening and monitoring programs for responders to the disaster and later received additional appropriations to fund treatment. (gao.gov)
  • Local fire departments and law enforcement agencies should educate first responders and establish standard operating procedures to deal with these unusual, highly volatile, and extraordinarily dangerous scenarios. (nfpa.org)
  • Hughes and colleagues have been working with OSHA, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and BP to establish response worker health and safety training on site. (wordpress.com)
  • Managing traumatic stress after a hurricane , published by the American Psychological Association (APA), offers suggestions that help hurricane survivors re-establish a sense of structure, routine, and direction. (starr.org)
  • workers
  • This evaluation has brought to light the potential for emergency response workers to be exposed to excessive noise levels that could contribute to hearing loss. (cdc.gov)
  • If these workers had similar exposures in their daily jobs, they would be enrolled in a hearing loss prevention program by their employers. (cdc.gov)
  • Emergency response plans should consider noise exposures in shelters and structures used to house animals and should consider engineering and administrative controls in addition to providing HPDs to workers. (cdc.gov)
  • A total of 1382 first responders, including respondents from police, fire, emergency medical services, and city workers, participated in this longitudinal study. (cambridge.org)
  • When I asked OSHA about the source of the exposure monitoring data that led to the "no toxics air concentrations" assessment, Surbey told me that OSHA has been reviewing "exposure monitoring plans and the monitoring results for response workers conducted by BP and third-party industrial hygiene contractors. (scienceblogs.com)
  • Are any clean-up and containment workers or other responders wearing personal air sampling monitors or pumps? (scienceblogs.com)
  • We want to provide the critical workers in potential targeted utility facilities training that will prepare them a) to react quickly;b) to interface with the emergency response/incident command systems;c) to prevent the release of hazardous materials during normal operations;and d) to limit damage to the utility, its infrastructure and to protect themselves, their fellow workers, and the general public. (grantome.com)
  • During a typical hurricane in Florida, up to 6,000 out-of-state utility workers responded. (grantome.com)
  • After the disaster, the electric company that managed the plants was criticized for its response and the workers have been targets of discrimination, according to the study. (drugs.com)
  • NIOSH
  • During CDC emergency responses, EPRO organizes NIOSH personnel deployments and provides technical assistance. (cdc.gov)
  • EPRO coordinated 207 NIOSH staff supporting the Ebola response alone, including staff deployed domestically to 21 states and internationally to 5 countries. (cdc.gov)
  • depression
  • Reports of symptoms of anxiety or depression should be attended to so as to prevent increasing symptoms that could negatively affect the first responder and his or her family. (cambridge.org)
  • researchers
  • Researchers used whole-body counters to measure radiation exposure in nearly 9,500 residents of Minamisoma, a town about 14 miles north of the plant and in the evacuation zone. (drugs.com)
  • OSHA
  • Current OSHA-outlined training requirements for Vessels of Opportunity responders say "Contract Supervisors of those who will have direct contact with petroleum for vessel operations" must have "40-hour HAZWOPER training. (scienceblogs.com)
  • assess
  • Clients receive forecasts of wind speed at an ultra-high resolution, which enables responders to assess the wind speeds at neighborhood level. (aer.com)
  • Only Respond provides a comprehensive scientific viewpoint during the storm event when your analysts are under pressure to assess financial impacts and adjust operational response. (aer.com)
  • recovery
  • Why GAO Did This Study: Following the World Trade Center (WTC) attack, the Congress appropriated more than $8 billion to the Department of Homeland Security s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency for response and recovery activities. (gao.gov)
  • Providing relief to the victims, and areas impacted by the hurricanes, require immediate, coordinated relief and recovery efforts. (openhealth.news)
  • APA has assembled the best one-stop shopping list of mitigation, recovery, and response resources that we could identify among federal agencies and some national nonprofits. (planning.org)
  • Recovery and Survival Work with Hurricane Evacuees. (starr.org)
  • psychological
  • One of the most vulnerable groups living in these highly affected areas is responders to the attacks on the World Trade Center (WTC) on September 11, 2001 (9/11), many of whom continue to be active responders and, have persistent respiratory and psychological problems, or both, as a result of their response to 9/11. (grantome.com)
  • Risks
  • Radiation exposure can raise the risk of cancer, and to what degree residents face ongoing exposure or long-term health risks is unknown, he said. (drugs.com)
  • civilian
  • To get a more ground-level view, I completed the 11-week, 33-hour training for New York City's Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), the civilian auxiliary force that helps the authorities during emergencies. (washingtonpost.com)
  • By supporting the United States First Responders Association, Inc. with your tax deductible donation, you provide the necessary resources to enhance the capabilities of Police & Fire Department with access to world-class processes and operational tools as well as help military Veterans and give currently serving heroes the information and tools needed to re-assimilate into civilian life. (usfra.org)
  • data
  • Fifth, making comparable services available to all responders, regardless of their employer or geographic location, could ensure more equitable access to services for responders and help ensure that data collected about responders health are consistent and comprehensive. (gao.gov)
  • EPRO also developed and released a free software tool, ERHMS Info Manager TM , that allows response organizations or leadership to track health and safety data on all individuals participating in an incident and to ultimately implement the ERHMS TM framework within their respective organizations. (cdc.gov)
  • efforts
  • It has not identified which HHS components would be involved in responder health programs, which component would take the lead, how the expertise of various components would be used, or how efforts would be coordinated. (gao.gov)
  • Residents
  • TUESDAY, Aug. 14 -- More than one-third of residents of a town near the Japanese nuclear reactor that underwent meltdown last year showed evidence of exposure to radioactive cesium six months after the disaster, new research shows. (drugs.com)
  • Most exposures likely happened with a week of the meltdown, Tsubokura said, when residents of Minamisoma inhaled airborne cesium. (drugs.com)
  • state
  • NIEHS research uses state-of-the-art science and technology to investigate the interplay between environmental exposures, human biology, genetics, and common diseases to help prevent disease and improve human health. (nih.gov)
  • Last year, Foresman asked a ballroom full of state first responders how many of them had made a family emergency plan. (washingtonpost.com)
  • fire
  • Given the threat, fire departments and law enforcement agencies, regardless of size or capacity, should find ways to coordinate appropriate and effective responses to these events. (nfpa.org)
  • Set aside household items that you can use as fire tools before emergency responders arrive: a rake, ax, hand saw or chain saw, bucket and shovel. (redcross.org)
  • year
  • One year after the hurricane, suicidal ideation in the population as a whole was present in 6.4% of individuals surveyed, and serious mental illness was increased by 89.2%, PTSD by 31.9%, and suicidality by 61.6% from baseline levels (3). (aagponline.org)
  • public health
  • Understanding how rural areas are different when it comes to drug use and drug overdose deaths, including opioids, can help public health professionals identify, monitor, and prioritize their response to this epidemic. (govdelivery.com)
  • nuclear
  • In addition, radiation levels in the Japanese six months after exposure were much lower than the levels seen in people exposed to Chernobyl, even seven to 10 years after the Ukraine nuclear accident, according to the study. (drugs.com)
  • help
  • What GAO Found: GAO identified five important lessons from the experience of the WTC health programs that could help with the development of responder health programs in the event of a future disaster. (gao.gov)
  • Second, designing and implementing screening and monitoring programs that foster the ability to conduct epidemiologic research could improve the understanding of health effects experienced by responders and help determine the need for ongoing monitoring. (gao.gov)
  • All of his property was flooded or damaged during the hurricane, but he repaired most of it out of his own savings because there was minimal financial help from insurance or the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). (aagponline.org)
  • tools
  • These are now very mature and capable applications that surpass the capabilities of the tools being used by first responders in the US including the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA). (openhealth.news)
  • areas
  • The article below is about how the Stephen F. Austin Community Health Network (SFA) responded to the crisis by leveraging their open source EHR, OpenEMR , to reach out to their patients and victims of the hurricane in areas of Texas that are virtually inaccessible. (openhealth.news)
  • Association
  • The United States First Responders Association, Inc. is an established Florida Non-profit Corporation with a tax exempt status under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. (usfra.org)